20% of the population young and old fall into the category of ‘Highly Sensitive Individuals’ and it occurs equally among males and females.
These types of people have very emotionally rich lives. They are overwhelmed easily and they can get upset easily.
Highly sensitive children will react differently to life and it’s something you need to recognize so you can adjust your parenting techniques.
I have a very sensitive boy and it’s been a real challenge. I wish I had understood more about it sooner so I could have been more helpful when he needed me.
Disciplining the sensitive child can be particularly challenging.
After doing tons of research I have found somethings that have been really helpful and I want to share them with you.
Check out the list below.
6 Positive Ways to Discipline a Sensitive Kid
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Soften your tone:
We’re all human and are capable of reacting to things emotionally, but for the sake of your child take it down a notch.
Sensitive kids can feel your anger more profoundly; they are highly sensitive to your tone of voice and facial expressions, and it can wreak havoc on their physical and emotional well-being.
Before you discipline your child be sure that you are in the right head space to cope with the situation. Take a minute, or two, or three if that’s what it takes.
Just because your child feels bad doesn’t mean they don’t need consequences.
Children, of all ages, need to understand there are consequences for their choices and their behavior. Consequence are a necessary part of
parenting, especially if you want to modify behavior.
Shame, judgment and pointing the finger serve no purpose in disciplining your child. As opposed to punishment, consequences move the focus to the behavior instead of your child.
All consequences should be in line with the act; sensitive kids are already hard on themselves, they don’t need you to be incredibly harsh. Be fair.
Rewards are not just for good behavior. You can teach your sensitive kid right from wrong by offering a
reward to stop or change future behaviors.
Kids already feel bad when they do something wrong; instead, use this as a teachable moment and offer them the opportunity to earn a reward.
In order for the reward method to work it must be attainable, and you must deliver on your promise.
Give your undivided attention:
Some behaviors are a result of a child seeking attention, they’re missing a connection.
Spend one-on-one time with them without distractions every single day. When something does happen, deal with the emotion first, then the discipline.
It’s important that your kids know you are readily available for them, especially in the younger years. Make every effort to help them feel loved, important and secure.
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Inconsistency in rules, routine, and expectations is the worst environment for a sensitive child.
They take all feedback to heart and when they can’t meet expectations because the rules are ever-changing, they are left in turmoil.
Kids have enough time trying to navigate this world without us making it more complicated for them. Be consistent and give them praise often.
Give them a warning and reminders:
Sensitive kids tend to react strongly to failure, correction and change. They are already hard on themselves.
I love the idea of giving a warning; this gives your child an opportunity to change their behavior and ‘save face’ so to speak.
You can then praise and reinforce the positive behaviors you expect from them, And for those sensitives that seem to struggle with a change of plans, a 5 or 10 minute warning goes a long way.
Living with a sensitive child can be challenging and rewarding. Just be considerate and in tune with their special needs and you’ll have a great relationship.
Good luck to you Mama.
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